Not up to its predecessor, Messenger to the Pharoah, either from point of view of story or contribution to historical background. The plot is a tenuous thread, revolving around a boy of one group, destroyed by enemies, leaving two youths sole survivors, and his relations consecutively with the group that adopted him and the people of the shore. The chief interest lies in the showing of different levels of culture and civilisation, and the beginnings of the Greek games. Except for the reiteration of the name of the Greeks, and the section about the competitive games one would not know what race was involved. Little feel of country or way of life, as distinctive from others.